Hiking, Tramping, Playing, Exploring the Outdoors New Zealand

New Zealand has some amazing places to explore from national parks to beaches to green spaces in the urban centers, too! We are exploring and capturing photos from our travels.
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The ‪#‎CentralOtagoRailTrail‬ stretches for miles and miles. It's an old train track turned into a bicycle and walking path. We didn't have any bikes with us but we did take a walk along it and found this shed standing on its own in this field. David was especially captured by the snow capped hills and mountains that we saw a lot of in Central Otago. Growing up in a subtropical climate in the Far North of New Zealand, that is one thing they don't have there.

The ‪#‎CentralOtagoRailTrail‬ stretches for miles and miles. It's an old train track turned into a bicycle and walking path. We didn't have any bikes with us but we did take a walk along it and found this shed standing on its own in this field. David was especially captured by the snow capped hills and mountains that we saw a lot of in Central Otago. Growing up in a subtropical climate in the Far North of New Zealand, that is one thing they don't have there.

We have been in the South Island this last week and this shot is from Lake Wakatipu, #Queenstown near Mount Nicholas Station (ranch). Usually the photos we post are taken by Jennifer but this is one of David's.

We have been in the South Island this last week and this shot is from Lake Wakatipu, #Queenstown near Mount Nicholas Station (ranch). Usually the photos we post are taken by Jennifer but this is one of David's.

Sometimes when you are taking photos you have to get right out in the middle of the action as this photo at the Riwaka Resurgence at the top of New Zealand's South Island indicates. Being able to do this is one of the things that makes New Zealand so special. While #NewZealand100%Pure is a marketing slogan, when you are out and about you begin to appreciate the natural beauty behind the slogan.

Sometimes when you are taking photos you have to get right out in the middle of the action as this photo at the Riwaka Resurgence at the top of New Zealand's South Island indicates. Being able to do this is one of the things that makes New Zealand so special. While #NewZealand100%Pure is a marketing slogan, when you are out and about you begin to appreciate the natural beauty behind the slogan.

This photo we took on our recent trip to the top of the South Island. It was taken from a suspension bridge, less than 5 minutes walk from the main road connecting Blenheim and Nelson. You don't have to walk for miles to experience New Zealand 100% Pure . It is what makes New Zealand so special!

This photo we took on our recent trip to the top of the South Island. It was taken from a suspension bridge, less than 5 minutes walk from the main road connecting Blenheim and Nelson. You don't have to walk for miles to experience New Zealand 100% Pure . It is what makes New Zealand so special!

We took this photo in #CentralOtago during our recent trip there. Along with demonstrating how dry and barren the land is there; this, along with some of our other recent posts demonstrate why this area of New Zealand was used so much in the making of movies like #Lordoftherings and #thehobbit.

We took this photo in #CentralOtago during our recent trip there. Along with demonstrating how dry and barren the land is there; this, along with some of our other recent posts demonstrate why this area of New Zealand was used so much in the making of movies like #Lordoftherings and #thehobbit.

Another shot from the sand at Herekino Harbor/Harbour in the Far North of New Zealand.

Another shot from the sand at Herekino Harbor/Harbour in the Far North of New Zealand.

There is something special about the sun hitting the sand after the sea has receded and the small pockets of water that has been left behind to glisten. It could be anywhere but it's David's beloved #Herekino Harbor/Harbour (depending on your spelling :) ) in the Far North of New Zealand.

There is something special about the sun hitting the sand after the sea has receded and the small pockets of water that has been left behind to glisten. It could be anywhere but it's David's beloved #Herekino Harbor/Harbour (depending on your spelling :) ) in the Far North of New Zealand.

On our recent trip to the top of the South Island we visited The Te Waikoropupu springs near Takaha. The springs have some of the clearest freshwater in the world (the only place with clearer freshwater is the nearby Blue Lake in the Nelson Lakes National Park, again in New Zealand). It has underwater visibility of 63 metres or 206 feet! You get some idea of this clarity by the depth of the reflection in this photo. As a comparison distilled water has a clarity of 80 metres or 260 feet.

On our recent trip to the top of the South Island we visited The Te Waikoropupu springs near Takaha. The springs have some of the clearest freshwater in the world (the only place with clearer freshwater is the nearby Blue Lake in the Nelson Lakes National Park, again in New Zealand). It has underwater visibility of 63 metres or 206 feet! You get some idea of this clarity by the depth of the reflection in this photo. As a comparison distilled water has a clarity of 80 metres or 260 feet.

This close up photo was taken on our recent trip to top of the South Island. It's another from the Riwaka Resurgence near #Motueka.

This close up photo was taken on our recent trip to top of the South Island. It's another from the Riwaka Resurgence near #Motueka.

We took this picture on our trip to the #TongariroNationalPark earlier in the year. We think this picture showcases the barren nature of this volcanic environment.

We took this picture on our trip to the #TongariroNationalPark earlier in the year. We think this picture showcases the barren nature of this volcanic environment.

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